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First edition
Author Jacqueline Wilson
Illustrator Nick Sharratt
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Children's novel
Publisher Puffin (first edition, hardback)
Publication date
30 July 2015
Media type Print (hardback & paperback) and audiobook
Pages 480 pg
ISBN 978-0-141-35396-8

Katy (2015) is a children's book by author Jacqueline Wilson. It is a modern-day retelling of What Katy Did. The author loved the book What Katy Did, so when she got older and became a mother, she used to read the book to her daughter, but she noticed the moral was not appropriate for today's generation. So she rewrote the whole book, in a modern way.


Katy has five younger siblings. She is brilliant with them but she's also a daredevil. She's a fan of skateboarding and adventures. She loves the feeling of soaring upwards and has happy memories of her deceased mum pushing her on a swing. But after a tragic accident her spirit sinks to the lowest point. Katy wonders if she'll ever be able to feel like flying again.

Katy and her siblings often sneak next door to their neighbours back garden, calling it a secret garden. She is grounded by her Step-Mum, Izzy after sneaking out so she takes a rope to the secret garden and builds a swing. She falls out of the tree, breaking her spine and leaving her paralysed from waist down.

During her hospital stay, she meets edgy older boy Dexter and the two form a friendship quickly. She also formed a better relationship with her stepmother and stepsister.

After Katy leaves hospital, she starts to attend secondary school where her friends have already started. She struggles as she is in a wheelchair, but eventually learns that her disability doesn't define her.

The book ends with Katy receiving presents from people around her at Christmas, including a new wheelchair.


In June 2017, CBBC announced they have commissioned a three-part series based on the novel.

The three-part TV series "Katy" began on 14 March 2018.

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